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7 Best Hi-Hats for 2020

At Drum Center of Portsmouth, we understand the significance hi-hat cymbals have for drummers. Hi-hats can either make or break your drum set, which is why it's so important to choose wisely. Low-quality cymbals will give you a mismatched sound preventing you from reaching your fullest potential as a drummer.

Start the new year off right by investing in a pair of hi-hat cymbals that best suits your needs according to your music genre and your techniques. With the many options on the market, it can be difficult to find the right cymbals for you. At Drum Center of Portsmouth, our drum experts will walk you through the top hi-hats for 2020 followed by a thorough buyers guide.

Our Best Rated Product

The Paiste Signature Dark Crisp Hi-Hat Cymbals 14" is our best-rated product at the Drum Center of Portsmouth. We recommend this pair because these cymbals are versatile for any situation. Whether you perform live, record, or practice at home, you'll love the expressive sound these cymbals produce. Their responsiveness and dark tones make them the perfect hi hats for a drummer at any skill level.

Here are 2020's top 7 hi-hat options for you:

1 Paiste Formula 602 Modern Essentials Hi Hat Cymbals 15": Best Hi-Hats for Versatility

Paiste Formula 602 Modern Essentials Hi Hat Cymbals 15: Best Hi-Hats for Versatility

Pros

  • Appropriate for every skill level
  • Fits into any genre of music
  • Consistent, responsive feeling
  • Medium top with a medium-heavy bottom for easy control

Cons

  • Not very loud, not ideal for metal drummers

These Paiste Cymbals are truly modern, creating a versatile, well-controlled sound. Its 15" diameter is just right for fitting into a wide variety of genres. The pair is pretty standard in terms of its design, making it accessible for any skill level.

What makes it so versatile today is its return to 602 alloy formulation that's used in traditional cymbals. Its material makes it easy to play and to mix in a studio setting. Depending on the way you mic them, you won't need to adjust your compression or EQ at all.

Features:

  • Size: 15"
  • Finish: Regular/Traditional
  • Alloy: B20 Bronze

If you're the type of drummer who plays many different styles, these are the hi hats for you. At DCP, we love and recommend this pair because of their bright, warm sound.

You can buy this part of the Paiste Formula 602 series from our website. Contact us today with any questions you may have about these or any of our wide stock of drums and accessories.

 

2 Paiste Signature Dark Crisp Hi-Hat Cymbals 14": Best Hi Hats for Recording

Paiste Signature Dark Crisp Hi-Hat Cymbals 14: Best Hi Hats for Recording

Pros

  • Ideal for recording
  • Have a loud, clear "chick" sound upon closing
  • Articulate, responsive, and versatile
  • The ability for fine-tuning for high tech microphone and speaker equipment

Cons

  • Inexperienced drummers may not know how to use them to their full potential.

The Paiste brand has another stand out pair we would like to feature. These Signature Dark Crisp Hi Hats are ideal for musicians who often record or perform live with high-quality equipment because of their crisp, smooth sound.

These cymbals are versatile among genres. They're responsive enough for soft bristles and sturdy enough for heavy metal thrashing. If you're experimenting in the studio, these hi-hats act as the perfect control.

Features:

  • Size: 14"
  • Finish: Regular/Traditional
  • Alloy: Proprietary Signature Bronze

Paiste Signature Dark Crisp 14" Hi Hats truly live up to their name. Open or closed, you can expect a crisp, smooth sound perfect for recording or performing live. This all-rounder sits high on our list of favourites due to its professional sound.

You can purchase them online through the Drum Center of Portsmouth website. Contact us today for more information on more of the best cymbals from Paiste and other professional-grade brands.

 

3 Zildjian A Avedis Hi Hat Cymbals 14": Best Vintage Hi Hats

Zildjian A Avedis Hi Hat Cymbals 14: Best Vintage Hi Hats

Pros

  • They have an immensely musical sound
  • Prominent "chick" sound due to bottom is heavier than the top cymbal
  • Controlled response
  • Easily labelling on each cymbal to tell you their weight

Cons

  • This specific style can turn off a section of players- vintage style is a preference.

We give the Zildjian A Avedis Hi Hat Cymbals the title of "best vintage hi hats" because they look and sound like they came from the 1950s. It's a sound that reminds us of rockabilly and big band drumming, all in one.

We would be remiss not to include this classic style pair on our list for the new year. The "old" is back in style these days, and this trend is said to continue for some time. We love the nostalgic feel these cymbals give us when we play!

Features:

  • Size: 14"
  • Finish: Vintage Patina
  • Alloy: B20 Cast Bronze

These Zildjian cymbals are a stunning recreation of the percussion of the 1950s. No matter what style you play, you can count on these to give you a bright, vintage feeling.

If you're looking for that unique vintage vibe to your drum set, you can buy these today from our online store. Call us today to learn more about these cymbals or ask about any of the rest of our extensive stock!

 

4 Zildjian K Sweet Hi Hat Pair 14": Best Hi Hats for Value

Zildjian K Sweet Hi Hat Pair 14: Best Hi Hats for Value

Pros

  • Best value on the Drum Center of Portsmouth website
  • 14" variety is easier to handle than its larger counterparts
  • Mismatched cymbal weights for complex tonality
  • Higher pitched top stands out against the rest of your set

Cons

  • The only con is that you may not like the tone of these hi hats according to your preferences. However, they are a highly likeable brand and sound

These hi hats are the cheapest we have featured here, just in time for an affordable holiday treat. This pair is characterized by a dark, sweet tone with a heavy "chick" sound. The 14" variety of this design was developed this year and is sure to carry on for many years to come.

Each bell on the K Sweet Hi Hats are unlathed, and each bottom cymbal is heavier than the top. This gives the top one a high pitched tone, and the bottom a lower-pitched tone to add to the sound's complexity.

Features:

  • Size: 14"
  • Finish: Regular/Traditional
  • Alloy: B20 Bronze

Not only do these cymbals sound amazing, but they also allow you to get the best bang for your buck. If your a drummer who prefers dark, sweet tones in a hi hat, look no further than this pair. We love the cymbals' distinguished design, which creates its impeccable sound.

You can buy the Zildjian K Sweet 14" Pair through our online shop at Drum Center of Portsmouth. We aim to give you the best deals on each cymbal our expert drummers recommend. Contact us today with any questions about our huge online store!

 

5 Sabian HHX Complex Medium Hi Hat Cymbals 15": Best Fat High Hats

Sabian HHX Complex Medium Hi Hat Cymbals 15: Best Fat High Hats

Pros

  • Versatile in genre
  • Able to play at any volume
  • Rich, dark tone
  • Extra weight makes the material sturdier

Cons

  • A true "dark" sounding pair- not ideal for those who want a bright, high-pitched sound

The Sabian HHX Complex Medium Hi Hats are the cymbals with the fattest tone on our list. This pair features a medium weight top and a heavy bottom, to create that "fat," dark sound. Its hand-hammered cymbal gives it that quality as well.

If you prefer a big, meaty sound, you'll love these cymbals. The raw bell gives it an edge, unlike any other on this list. These are hi hats that will give you a solid, responsive experience all around.

Features:

  • Size: 15"
  • Finish: Regular/Traditional
  • Alloy: Bronze

These are the heaviest hi hats on our list, and they're the best of the best of our stock at the Drum Center of Portsmouth. A heavy bottom and a medium top is the perfect combination for a powerful addition to your set. Trying out a darker tone may help you consider sounds you hadn't considered before!

We believe these cymbals will be an excellent addition to any drum set. Order these hi hats online through the Drum Center of Portsmouth's website. You may also contact us about any other item in our vast stock.

 

6 Meinl Byzance Vintage Sand Hat Cymbals 14": Best Hi Hats for Individuality

Meinl Byzance Vintage Sand Hat Cymbals 14: Best Hi Hats for Individuality

Pros

  • Unique, vintage design and sound
  • Can play both soft and medium-loud notes
  • Medium length decay
  • Dry tone with a prominent wash

Cons

  • Expensive to manufacture
  • Not for heavy-hitting drummers

Each pair of these Meinl Byzance cymbals are sandblasted and employ various hammering techniques. The most noticeable detail about these hi hats is that the top cymbal is much smaller and lighter than the bottom one.

That quality is what gives them the quality they are best known for- their dry sound. They have a gritty quality to their wash that makes it stand out from other hi hats. Though they are unique, they fit in just about every music genre.

Features:

  • Size: 14"
  • Finish: Sandblasted
  • Material: B20 Bronze

These hi hats are perfect for any drummer who loves a unique sound. You can't seem to go wrong with these unless you happen to break hi hats while you drum regularly. Otherwise, you can use a pair of these for just about anything.

You can buy the Meinl Byzance Vintage Sand Hat Cymbals today through the Drum Center of Portsmouth website. Call us with any questions, concerns, or to learn more about a product.

 

7 Istanbul Agop 30th Anniversary Hi Hat Cymbals 14": Best Hi Hats for Jazz Music

Istanbul Agop 30th Anniversary Hi Hat Cymbals 14: Best Hi Hats for Jazz Music

Pros

  • Manufactured from the experienced Istanbul Agop company
  • Responsiveness makes them perfect for a studio setting
  • Unique sound lends itself to jazz music
  • Good for beginner and professional drummers

Cons

  • Not ideal for rock drummers, or those who require a louder sound
  • Only limited amounts were made!

These cymbals were released for Istanbul Agop's 30th anniversary. As such, they are modelled after vintage cymbals made in old Zildjian factories. The company founder, Agop Tomurcuk, worked at this factory, and the design inspired him.

These hi-hats are incredibly thin, making their sound crisp, clear, and bright. The vintage style makes them appealing to both experienced and inexperienced drummers. Closed notes have a deep tone. Opening the hi-hats creates a distinct and beautiful wash of sound. However you play them, they are responsive with a quick decay.

Features:

  • Size: 14"
  • Finish: Regular/Traditional
  • Alloy: B20 Bronze

The Istanbul Agop 30th Anniversary Hi Hats are perfect for anyone who loves vintage sounds as we do. Adding some brightness to your set with a pair of these will give you that perfect, crystal clear sound.

You can purchase these cymbals online at the Drum Center of Portsmouth today. We are one of the top Istanbul Agop dealers in the country. We're here to give you professional advice and service with your satisfaction guaranteed!

 

What to Consider When Choosing the Perfect Hi-Hats

Choosing to spend money on your next set of hi hats can seem like an impossible task. With all the brands, styles, and sounds out there, how can you tell which cymbals are the best ones?

Luckily, the Drum Center of Portsmouth has got you covered. We have the best reviews and guides to choosing the best hi hats to complete your drum set. Here are frequently asked questions about hi hat cymbals.

How do I know I'm ready for new hi-hats?

Buying new cymbals of any kind is an important decision for any drummer to make. Investing in a pair of new hi hats can help you accumulate a professional drum set with high-quality instruments.

The longer you play the drums, the more your ears become refined. You may prefer the louder, darker "chick" of large hi hats, or you may find you prefer certain ones from a specific brand. The decision to buy is entirely up to you, but if you need a new sound, new hi hats are just the thing to reinvigorate it.

How much can I expect to spend?

On this list, we tried to keep each pair of hi hats in the $450-600 range. We currently have sales on each item on our product reviews as well. You can find any of these cymbals used online, but you can't guarantee they're from as trustworthy a seller as the Drum Center of Portsmouth. We want to give you professional-grade items for a great price.

Drum Center of Portsmouth allows you to buy your hi hats outright, or sign up for a payment plan. You will be able to pay off your full balance in 3, 6, or 12 months. Checking for your eligibility does not affect your credit score, and it is free to see whether or not you qualify for a payment plan.

What size cymbals should I buy?

The size of any of your cymbals in your set will affect the tone and pitch of your instrument. Smaller hi hats, from 12" to 14" have a bright sound with a high pitch. Bigger than 14", and you're stepping into a darker tone territory.

It is possible to mix and match the top and bottom cymbals for your pair. However, this technique is recommended for experts and people with multiple sets of hi hats. If you're looking for your first professional set, mixing sizes is not necessary.

What type of metal should I look for?

Cymbals are most often crafted from three different metal alloys: brass, B8 bronze, and B20 bronze. Brass is the least expensive metal alloy on the list, but it produces the worst sound. B8 cymbals are mid-priced, and mid-quality, as they are better than brass but worse than B20.

B20 is the type of metal alloy you should look out for when selecting new hi hats or any kind of cymbal. It's the most popular alloy despite its price because these produce the best sound. You may also buy a B8 and B20 metal alloy blend depending on your preferences and budget.

Which brands should I consider?

Considering the top brands like Meinl, Paiste, Zildjian, and Sabian is the best bet for getting the most professional-grade hi hats. Going with an off-brand cymbal can lead to bad sounds and easy breakage. Always research the brand and materials they use before you buy!

At Drum Center of Portsmouth, we only sell the top name brand cymbals. You'll be sure to recognise these names while browsing our online store. We have deals throughout the year so you won't have to pay full price.

In Conclusion

With some research from credible sources like the Drum Center of Portsmouth, you can make the right call on new cymbals. Always look for the highest quality brands that have the sound you're looking for. If you're a rock musician, trashier cymbals may be the best choice. If you love jazz, a unique sounding, vintage cymbal may be the best bet. Always consider your own unique needs!

We want to help you find your new favourite cymbals through our website at the Drum Center of Portsmouth. Order new hi hats for 2020 at our website, or contact us today to ask about any of our products. Our experts are dedicated to helping you become the best percussionist you can be!